My Dad introduced me to photography when I was in grade school and I was hooked. Surrounded by family members with artistic skills, I found the camera to be the instrument that let me do “my thing,” as I envisioned my subjects through the lens the way they would look as a painting. I also had a love of the outdoors, which led my husband and I to hike the trails and paddle our kayaks in many rivers and streams, coves, and salt-water marshes. It takes patience and vigilance to capture the fleeting moment of an animal or bird’s “pose,” and you have to act fast and work through the “excitement of discovery” to capture the beauty of wildlife before it’s gone. It is also exciting that advances in technology have now opened newer doors for me in the world of digital photography and editing.